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February 10, 1945

An Introduction to Public Health

JAMA. 1945;127(6):367. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860060065027

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The author, an experienced public health administrator, has condensed into a brief space a complete summary of public health procedures. He begins with a discussion of backgrounds and associations of hygiene and public health, including a swift historical review. He then discusses vital statistics and the importance of record keeping in public health procedure. This is followed by an explanation of the organization and administration of public health units of various kinds, including suggestions as to appropriate salaries for various positions. Brief mention is made of the voluntary health association. Next follows a chapter on the handling of the acute communicable diseases. Tuberculosis is given extensive consideration in a separate chapter, as are the venereal diseases. Then follows material on sanitation and, in the order named, industrial hygiene, individual hygiene, child bearing and public health, infancy and childhood, school health service, "certain noncommunicable diseases," namely cancer, heart disease, mental diseases

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